Rooney exit? Man United plot Cavani solution

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Could Edinson Cavani replace Wayne Rooney at Manchester United?GettyImagesCould Edinson Cavani replace Wayne Rooney at Manchester United?

Manchester United are reportedly planning a bold move to replace Wayne Rooney with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani. England international Rooney is rumoured to be on his way out next summer, with the Uruguay international potentially becoming the new Old Trafford hero.

Plus Arsenal have made up their mind on the striker of choice with Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic set for loan spell at the Gunners and Tottenham are chasing young defender Jamaal Lascelles.

Stay tuned for more rumours and done deals ...

22.41 GMT Ola Toivonen looks set to leave PSV Eindhoven on Monday -- he is strongly linked in the Netherlands with a move to French club Rennes on Monday.

22.03 GMT DONE DEAL Dominik Furman, who has been linked with Arsenal this window, has completed a move to Toulouse from Legia Warsaw.

21.33 GMT Middlesbrough’s Rhys Williams could be on his way to Swansea City. The two clubs are reportedly in talks over a switch for the Australia-born defender/midfielder.

21.30 GMT West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is a frustrated man as his attempts to reinforce his struggling squad in the window have so far failed to bear fruit. "We’re finding it extremely difficult," he said.

21.00 GMT Harry Redknapp has said Eden Hazard could have become a Spurs player -- he held talks with him about a White Hart Lane move before he went to Chelsea, the Mirror reports.

20.30 GMT Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has said he will be joining La Liga side Granada on loan, according to Tutto Mercato.

20.00 GMT Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants left-back Leighton Baines, who continues to be linked with Manchester United, to sign a new deal soon. The England international has 18 months left on his current contract, and Martinez said: “We need to make sure one of the biggest icons we have at the club stays here for as long possible.”

19.30 GMT Meanwhile, Moyes' Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho said Demba Ba would not be leaving the club in January after Fernando Torres suffered a knee injury.

19.00 GMT David Moyes has said Manchester United will not be rushed into any transfer deals despite their difficult season. "The club have always said it's a long-term [project], and they know it's a job to be done," he told reporters after the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

18.30 GMT Celtic manager Neil Lennon has denied that he could make a move for Norwich's Scotland international midfielder Robert Snodgrass. He said: "There's nothing in that. I'm going to get linked with a lot of players -- but I'm not going to talk about players who are contracted to other clubs."

18.00 GMT Brighton winger Andrea Orlandi has praised the attitude of teammate Liam Bridcutt, who is being linked with a reunion with former Seagulls manager Gus Poyet at Sunderland. Orlandi told the Brighton Argus: "He probably wants to leave, he wants to play in the Premier League, so fair enough. But if he eventually stays, he will give 100 percent -- as he always does."

17.20 GMT Reports in Spain say that Boca Juniors are exploring the possibility of re-signing Sevilla midfielder Diego Perotti. The Argentine has scored five goals for Los Rojiblancos this season but is not considered a first-team regular by Sevilla coach Unai Emery and could leave if the club receive a suitable offer.

17.06 GMT Speaking via his official Instagram account, US forward Juan Agudelo has confirmed he will spend the rest of the season on loan at FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie. The former New England Revolution striker signed a deal with Stoke last year, but was unable to secure a work permit in November.

16.40 GMT Arsenal are believed to be leading the race to sign Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate. The 24-year-old Senegal international is being monitored by a number of Premier League and Russian clubs and the player's agent expects him to leave Belgium in the near future.

"We are discussing with the representatives of Arsenal and Liverpool, in particular the first are very interested in him," Saffet Balkan told Tuttomercato. "I also had contact with Manchester City and Southampton, so he’s very likely to arrive in the Premier League shortly.”

16.30 GMT Reports in Italy say that Michel Bastos has arrived in Italy ahead of his proposed switch to Roma from UAE side Al-Ain. The 30-year-old Brazilian winger will reunite with Rudi Garcia -- who coached him at Lille in the 2008/09 season -- and is expected to undergo his medical tomorrow morning.

16.18 GMT Yeovil manager Gary Johnson is confident that Ishmael Miller will return to the Glovers for a second loan spell. The Western Gazette say that Yeovil have won the race to re-sign the Nottingham Forest striker ahead of fellow Championship relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers and Charlton Athletic. “Ishmael wants to come to us," Johnson said. "I’m pleased because he’s enjoyed his time and we’ve already Yeovilified him so we don’t have to go through that again with someone else."

16.10 GMT Manuel Pellegrini has reassured Jack Rodwell that he still has a part to play at Manchester City this season after blocking a loan move away from the club. The former Everton midfielder has started only one Premier League match this campaign but the Mirror say that Pellegrini has decided to reject the advances of several English clubs and Malaga in order to keep the 22-year-old at the Etihad Stadium.

15.57 GMT Reports in Italy suggest that Napoli have turned their attentions to Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien after failing in their attempts to lure Maxime Gonalons from Lyon. The Ghana international has struggled for minutes under Jose Mourinho and is believed to be keen to resurrect his football career outside England.

15.42 GMT Sky Sports say that Watford midfielder Cristian Battocchio could be set to stay at Vicarage Road, despite his agent claiming that a deal with Serie B outfit Padova was 'a matter of days' away.

15.36 GMT Liverpool's pursuit of Basel winger Mohamed Salah is back on after the Egypt international reportedly friends that he wanted to move to Anfield. The Sun on Sunday say that managing director Ian Ayre is working on a potential 16 million pound deal while the Reds are also believed to be interested in former Portsmouth midfielder Arnold Mvuemba.

15.23 GMT Stoke boss Mark Hughes is desperate to boost his attacking options at Stoke and the Daily Star claim that he is lining up a bid for Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere. The 23-year-old has scored eight goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season but has not always been first choice. The principality side value Riviere at seven million pounds but Hughes is hopeful of landing the striker on a loan agreement.

15.13 GMT Liverpool and Tottenham have expressed an interest in Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow. The 22-year-old has emerged as one of Forest's most promising prospects since breaking into the first team and the Mirror say that both Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood are believed to be keen to bring in a young understudy to Simon Mignolet and Hugo Lloris respectively.

15.03 GMT Papiss Cisse could be set to stay at St. James' Park this month after the Senegal striker's proposed move to Qatari side Al-Rayyan fell through. The out-of-favour Newcastle striker had been on the verge of moving to the Middle East but the Mirror say that a deal is no longer on the cards as Al-Rayyan are reluctant to meet the Magpies' 10 million pound asking price.

14.49 GMT In-demand Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic admits that he is tempted by a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain but says that he is happy with life in the Italian capital. The Bosnia international has attracted interest from a number of European clubs after a series of impressive displays this season which have inspired Roma to second place in Serie A.

"It's the only club I would go to in France," he told Telefoot. "I'm at Roma, it's a big club and I feel really good here. I love the fans and I am a fan of Roma. If there must be a transfer, all parties must agree. For the moment, I'm staying concentrated on my football."

14.37 GMT Leeds United manager Brian McDermott says that El-Hadji Diouf could leave this month if the club receive a suitable offer. The former Liverpool striker has fallen out of favour at Elland Road and Sky Sports say that Leeds will not stand in his way if the opportunity to leave in January presents itself. "I told him I'm trying to build something here," McDermott said. "If there's an opportunity that's right for him then, yes, he can go. But if not, then he's here."

14.28 GMT Doncaster earned a valuable three points yesterday in their battle against relegation and the Daily Star say that Paul Dickov's side are eyeing up a move for out-of-favour Nottingham Forest striker Matt Derbyshire who is out of contract at the end of the season.

14.21 GMT Eden Hazard has dismissed speculation that he wants a move to Paris Saint-Germain and insists that he is happy at Chelsea. “There is no chance that I will leave in this winter transfer window," he said. "Even in the summer I do not want to leave. I am happy here. I think this is the best place for me to progress.” Story here.

14.08 GMT Vito Mannone insists that he is having the time of his life at Sunderland as he prepares to deal Manchester United a further blow in the transfer market. The 25-year-old Italian goalkeeper has been one of the Black Cats' more dependable performers since moving from Arsenal in the summer and says his main focus is on helping Sunderland progress to the Capital One Cup final.

"I am really living my best time right now at Sunderland and I don't see why I would move right now," said Mannone. "I want to stay as first choice and I want my performances to improve. That's the only aim I have, apart from aiming to beat Manchester United."

13.50 GMT Tony Pulis says that Crystal Palace need an influx of new players to boost their Premier League survival fight. Palace are yet to strike in the January transfer window despite being linked to a host of targets, including Brondby's towering Denmark international forward Simon Makienok, and Pulis has called on co-chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Ian Moody to deliver a nucleus of new arrivals to bolster their drive away from the foot of the table.

"We're hoping and praying we can bring some players in. We really need to bring some players in and that will strengthen us," said the Eagles manager. "Who? That's not for me to say, that's for Steve and Ian to continue to handle."

13.40 GMT Real Madrid are rumoured to be weighing up a lucrative summer bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that the 24-year-old is a prime target for Carlo Ancelotti's side, with the La Liga title chasers prepared to table a 45 million euro offer.

13.31 GMT Rene Meulensteen is looking to inject some young blood into his Fulham side, with the Mirror reporting that he is set to make an estimated four million pound bid for Burnley striker Danny Ings. The England Under-21 international has netted 21 times already for the Championship high-flyers this season and Meulensteen appears to have identified Ings as the ideal candidate to fire Fulham to Premier League survival.

13.16 GMT Reports in Italy say that Juventus could offer Sebastian Giovinco to Bologna in an attempt to prise away Alessandro Diamanti. It is believed that the Serie A strugglers want 10 million euros for Diamanti but Juventus general director Beppe Marotta is hoping to lower the price by offering Giovinco on loan and the full rights to Danish talent Frederik Sorensen, who is currently co-owned by both clubs.

13:02 GMT Schalke press officer Thomas Spiegel has said that the speculation regarding reported Arsenal target Julian Draxler had little bearing on reality. He told ESPN FC: “In recent weeks, all the stories regarding FC Schalke 04 in the English media have had very little substance.”

12.52 GMT Arsenal target Antoine Griezmann has dismissed speculation that he will leave Real Sociedad in January. Quotes emerged during the week stating that he was interested in a move to a major European side to boost his World Cup chances but the 22-year-old insists that he will finish the season in Spain.

“I was clear on this point with my club, I will pay this season with Real," he is quoted as saying in L'Equipe. "I want to help them into Europe. But when I say that, it does not mean that I am leaving this summer. We shall see in due time. I know one day I will go but it does not obsess me.”

12.36 GMT Schalke coach Jens Keller has refused to rule out Lewis Holtby's return to Gelsenkirchen this month. The unsettled Tottenham midfielder has struggled for first-team appearances this season but the Daily Express say that until a player leaves there will be no room on the Schalke wage bill for the former Germany Under-21 captain. "We can't really imagine such a transfer financially," Keller told Germany's Bild newspaper. Story here.

12.25 GMT The Daily Star say that David Moyes has drawn up a seven-man shortlist to strengthen Manchester United's midfield and boost their top-four hopes. Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is believed to be Moyes' preferred candidate although he is also keen on Premier League duo Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley. Serie A talents Arturo Vidal, Miralem Pjanic and Hernanes are also being assessed while PSG's Lucas Moura is another on his radar.

12.12 GMT Schalke general manager Horst Heldt insists that the club have received no offers for Germany international Julian Draxler. Arsenal have been linked with a big money move for the 20-year-old but Heldt says that it is purely media speculation. Story here.

“I have not been told that Julian would like to leave us, either in the winter of the summer," he told Der Westen. "There have not been any requests from any club regarding Julian. It boils down to wild speculation, which has been happening in England. The clubs would have to tell us if they were interested.”

11.58 GMT Fresh from landing Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, Hull City manager Steve Bruce has turned his attentions to sealing the permanent signing of Jake Livermore. The Sunday Mirror say that Bruce is impressed with the impact of the on-loan Tottenham man but could be frustrated in his attempts after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy slapped a 10 million pound price tag on the midfielder.

11.46 GMT Former Liverpool star John Aldridge has claimed his former club rejected the chance to sign Seamus Coleman before he moved to Everton for 60,000 pounds in January 2009. “If Rafael Benitez had been a little more open-minded during his final year as Liverpool manager, Seamus Coleman could be wearing a red shirt at Anfield and not a blue Everton jersey,” Aldridge wrote. Story here.

11.35 GMT Having conceded defeat in the pursuit of Monaco striker Lacina Traore, Sam Allardyce hopes to alleviate West Ham's striking woes by signing Italy international Alberto Gilardino from Genoa. The Sunday Express say the Hammers are trying to sign the 31-year-old on a loan deal despite the Italian side's asking price of five million pounds.

Sam Allardyce is growing increasingly desperate in the transfer market after failed attempts for Lacina Traore and Thomas Vermaelen. Story here.

11.22 GMT Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is in conflict with Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish over the club’s transfer policy, according to the Sunday Mirror. The Eagles boss is keen to bring his former Stoke players Peter Crouch and Matt ­Etherington to Selhurst Park but Parish has reportedly told him that they are too old and he wants to focus on bringing in young players with re-sale value instead.

11.06 GMT Bournemouth are plotting a double swoop for Cardiff pair Joe Mason and John Brayford. The Sunday People say that the Cherries have had a two million pound offer for 22-year-old striker Mason accepted and are now hoping to sign Brayford on loan.

10.58 GMT New Wolfsburg signing Kevin De Bruyne has been officially unveiled at the Volkswagen Arena this morning. The Belgian international will wear the No.14 shirt.

10.48 GMT Alvaro Morata has quashed speculation that he is set to leave Real Madrid this month. The Spain Under-21 international scored in Los Blancos' 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis yesterday and insists that he is happy to play a bit-part role at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.

"Despite everything that is being said, I'm happy here and I want to stay," Morata told reporters after the match. "I have been at this club for my whole life and it is the best in the world. If I have to help by playing a few minutes here and there, I’ll do it, but it’s even better if I get a few more."

10.40 GMT Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel believes his team will benefit greatly from the arrival of Koo Ja-cheol from Wolfsburg. The South Korea captain made the switch to Mainz on Saturday with Tuchel expressing his surprise at being able to realise such a deal. "It's an extraordinary transfer for us," Tuchel told Kicker magazine. "He's a very gifted, flexible player with outstanding technical qualities. The way he plays football and his character make him a perfect fit for our team."

10.30 GMT In-demand Southampton full-back Luke Shaw has reportedly told friends that he is keen to join Chelsea. Despite being turned down by the club as an eight-year-old, the Daily Express say that Shaw wants to play for his boyhood side and a 30 million pound deal could materialise at the end of the season.

It's been labelled a crisis week for Southampton but the Saints are hopeful that Mauricio Pochettino will sign a contract extension at St. Marys. The Daily Mail report that the Southampton hierarchy are confident that the Argentine will stay although it is believed that he wants clarification on the direction of the club.

10.20 GMT Roma are expected to complete the loan signing of Michel Bastos from Al-Ain in the next few days. Sky Sports say the Brazilian winger was set to move to Napoli, only for Roma coach Rudi Garcia to hijack the deal. Garcia worked with Bastos at Lille and feels the 30-year-old's versatility and experience will help the Giallorossi's title challenge.

"It's not done yet, but negotiations are at an advanced stage," said Garcia. "He is a versatile player, which is what interests me. He can play on the right or left, has a strong shot, good technique and can also play left-back, so we are covered in many different areas."

10.10 GMT David Moyes is eyeing up a raid on former club Everton for Republic of Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman. The Sunday People say that Moyes is preparing a 15 million pound bid for the 25-year-old who he signed for Everton from Sligo Rovers for just 60,000 pounds in 2008.

10.02 GMT North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with moves for Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic this month and they have been handed a boost after Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has said Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella would be allowed to leave Turin if they request a move. Story here.

09.56 GMT Tim Sherwood has made Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus his No.1 summer transfer target, according to the Sunday Mirror. The Germany international is valued at around 28 million pounds and Sherwood is hopeful of landing the winger if he can offload some of the club's high earners such as Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue. Chadli is rumoured to be a transfer target for Everton while Capoue has attracted interest from Napoli.

09.46 GMT Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits that every player has his price amid interest from a number of clubs in Yohan Cabaye. The France midfielder continued his excellent form with two goals against West Ham yesterday and the Daily Mail say that Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are all monitoring his situation.

"Like all Premier League clubs, everyone is for sale at some price," Pardew said. "We’re conscious that we have a good team and want to keep it together because we are not that far behind the guys that have been so dominant in the top seven this season."

09.34 GMT West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has conceded defeat in his pursuit of Lacina Traore. The Hammers had agreed a deal to take the Ivory Coast international on loan from Monaco only for Everton to hijack the deal. The Daily Mail report that Allardyce is running out of time in the transfer market after seeing a loan offer for out-of-favour Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen turned down. "We're finding it extremely difficult [to bring players in]," Allardyce said.

09.17 GMT: David Moyes has insisted Manchester United remain the world’s biggest club and is adamant that high-class players still want to join them. STORY HERE.

08.54 GMT: The Sun reports that Hatem Ben Arfa is set to stay at Newcastle following talks.

07.40 GMT: The Mirror is reporting that Juan Mata is edging closer to the exit door at Chelsea after the club failed to give assurances over his future. It’s rumoured that Manchester United and Atletico Madrid will battle it out for the Spain international.

06.30 GMT: ESPN FC writer Francesc Tomas says Barcelona must turn their attention to the summer window to avoid future transfer disappointments. READ FULL STORY.

05.30 GMT: Speaking to Jour de Foot on Saturday evening, Montpellier boss Rolland Courbis admitted he would not want to move to Newcastle if he was Remy Cabella.

"I hope another club (other than Newcastle) tries to buy [Cabella]. They are not a big club. Newcastle, as a player, I wouldn’t even want to spend a week there."

04.00 GMT: Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha is threatening to hand in a transfer request if he is not allowed to go on loan in the January window writes the Daily Mail. Cardiff City were thought to have reached an agreement to take the young England international out on loan only for United to scupper the deal.

02.50 GMT: The Mirror is reporting that Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna will definitely leave the club after talks over a new contract hit an impasse.

Manchester United are preparing for life without Wayne Rooney with the Mirror claiming that the Red Devils are ready to lure Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani to the Premier League. Reports have surfaced recently that England international Rooney is stalling on negotiations for a new contract at Old Trafford so that he can leave in the summer after the completion of the World Cup in Brazil. But United boss David Moyes already has a plan in motion to deal with Rooney’s likely exit with Uruguay international Cavani his main target. However, it will cost the reigning Premier League champions to capture the 26-year-old -- PSG paid 53 million pounds for the striker just six months ago.

Could it be true? Could Arsenal have finally found the solution to their lightweight striking options? According to the British media, it’s a resounding ‘yes’. The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and the Mirror are all reporting that Arsenal have settled on a loan deal for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic. The 30-year-old Vucinic has become a bit-part player for the reigning Serie A champions, starting only four league games all season. But Wenger is desperate to bolster his attack for the rest of the season and sees the highly experienced Montenegro international as the ideal man to help Arsenal break its long silverware drought.

Finally, Tottenham is facing a derby showdown with old rivals Arsenal, but this time, the battle will be off the field with the Mirror claiming that Spurs are interested in signing Nottingham Forest youngster Jamaal Lascelles. The Under-20 international has become a mainstay at the Championship side and has come on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs, most notably Arsenal who are rumoured to have already made a bid for the player. But Tottenham have long been interested in the player and are ready to make a January offer to steal Lascelles away from their greatest rivals.


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